With his victory in Sunday night’s Food City Dirt Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch added plenty of new numbers to his already thick racing resume with some ties to a couple of NASCAR’s all-time greats.
For starters, it was Busch’s 60th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, which is ninth on the all-time list and 16 wins behind Dale Earnhardt’s 76 all-time wins, which is eighth on the list.
Additionally, it gave Busch at least one win for the 18th consecutive season to tie a record held by another NASCAR legend – Richard Petty. That puts Busch in position to eclipse Petty’s mark in 2023.
With his first win of the season secured and a playoff spot all but assured, Busch will now head to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway with the familiar green colors of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) founding partner Interstate Batteries returning to the Las Vegas native’s No. 18 Toyota Camry TRD for the second time this season. Interstate Batteries has a long history not only in the sport, but winning in the sport, as well. The company is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2022 while also reaching an impressive milestone of 31 years as a team sponsor at JGR.
Busch would like nothing more than to add to the winning history of Interstate Batteries. NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Jarrett and Bobby Labonte, along with a future Hall of Famer in Busch, have combined to win 30 races in the green, Interstate-themed No. 18 car for JGR.
To bring home another victory for Interstate Batteries is always tricky at the mammoth 2.66-mile Talladega track, where Busch has found fortune both good and bad. With lessons learned during his 18 seasons on the tour, the two-time Cup Series champion knows anything can happen at Talladega, where one lap, or even one corner, could change a driver’s fortunes quickly.
He has conquered Talladega just once in his career, his lone win coming in April 2008. The Las Vegas native knows the winner of Sunday’s 500-mile race will need to have a strong car and some good fortune at the longest track on the schedule, where the potential for huge, multiple-car accidents is always a possibility.
With Interstate Batteries back on board this weekend, Busch will look to keep adding to his resume and continue to break records, as he has during his successful 15-year run with his longtime sponsor on board, and continue the success Interstate Batteries has enjoyed in its 31 years with JGR.